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    Come again another day: Ten middle class reasons to love the rain

    This week saw yet another record-breaking freak weather phenomenon hit Britain, although it seems to have been only us who noticed. We speak, of course, of the Wettest Drought Since Records began, an incredible period of heavy rain that seemed to begin at precisely the pin the hosepipe ban was put into effect.
    We are not complaining about this though, not at all. The middle classes like a bit of rain, especially at this time of year. It makes us cheerful - and here's why.

    1. It's good for the garden, of course. And it allows you to say, "Good for the garden, of course," in a slightly arch, ironic way while still sincerely believing it.
    2. The sound of rain on one's bedroom window at night is immensely soothing.
    3. It gives a chance to show off status umbrellas. Don't pretend you don't know what we mean by status umbrella.
    4. It provides an excuse to do the school run in the car.
    5. And to eat hearty British food such as Shepherd's Pie.
    6. Britain leads the world in stylish waterproof clothing; our coats and boots are to the world's fashion what our breakfasts are to its cuisine.
    7. It's SUPPOSED to rain in April.
    8. It gives us the chance to make jokes about the drought and "the wrong kind of rain."
    9. When it drives you into a shop, there's a sort of damp camaraderie among all the other people driven into this random emporium as they find themselves browsing things they would never ordinarily be interested in.
    10. And finally, this may be evil, but the relief at seeing someone else (ie rather than onself) get splashed by a passing car is among the most exquisite forms of schadenfreude known to humanity.

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